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OS X 10.10.4 beta build 14E17e is now available for testing

Apple just released a new OS X beta. Photo: Apple

Apple just released a new OS X beta. Photo: Apple

Apple is following up its release of iOS 8.4 beta 4 this morning with a new beta build of OS X 10.10.4 for developers.

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iOS 8.4 beta 3 brings more tweaks to Apple’s Music app

Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple continues to improve its redesigned Music app, as evidenced by today’s release of iOS 8.4 beta 3.

The new beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes plenty of bug fixes for the Music app, which was updated with new features like a new MiniPlayer, global search, Up Next, personalized playlists and more in iOS 8.4 beta 1.

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Apple Watch takes an Olympic-size plunge, lives to tell about it

Apple Watch is ready to take the plunge. Photo: DC Rainmaker

Apple Watch is ready to take the plunge. Photo: DC Rainmaker

Summertime is finally upon us, and here in the Valley of the Sun, that mostly means one thing: cliff-jumping season.

I’ve been worried that my Apple Watch might not survive some of the 50-foot cliffs my friends and I like to hurl ourselves off of, but the folks at DC Rainmaker have put the waterproofing of Apple’s new wearable to the test by jumping off an Olympic diving platform. Despite momentarily being exposed to water deeper than the 1 meter it’s rated for, the Apple Watch keeps on ticking.

Watch the full test below:

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Ousted VP Scott Forstall is ‘delighted’ Apple still makes great products

Scott Forstall. Photo: Apple

Scott Forstall. Photo: Apple

Scott Forstall, the Apple executive who lead the creation of iOS and was then kicked out the company in 2012, says he’s not staying mad at Apple.

In a recent interview about the Broadway play he’s producing, Forstall addressed his split with Apple for the first time since leaving the company after the disastrous launch of Apple Maps. Rather than cheering for Google and Apple’s other competitors though, Forstall told the Wall Street Journal he’s ‘delighted’ that Apple is still making beloved products.

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Hacked Apple Watch proves the web wasn’t meant for 1-inch screens

Safari on the Apple Watch would suck. Photo: Comex

Safari on the Apple Watch would suck. Photo: Comex

Apple Watch is great at many things like checking weather, tracking fitness and sending notifications. But when it comes to surfing the web, Apple Watch is unsurprisingly the worst device for the task.

An Apple Watch version of Safari wasn’t included with Jony Ive’s smartwatch, but that didn’t stop notorious jailbreaker Comex from hacking a web browser onto the wearable. Comex posted a video of his hacked Apple Watch running a web browser on the Google homepage over the weekend, showing it is possible to browse the web from your wrist — but you’ll never want to.

Check it out:

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Fiat CEO says Apple’s planning an ‘intervention’ for the car

iCar Concept art: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

iCar Concept art: Josh Baré/DeviantArt CC

The CEO of Fiat Chrysler made a recent trip to Silicon Valley that included a ride in Google’s self-driving car as well as a meeting with Tim Cook to talk about Apple’s automotive ambitions.

Sergio Marchionne, Fiat’s chief executive, spoke Saturday at the opening of a Maserati dealership near Toronto, Canada, and said he had recently met with both Apple and Tesla to talk about the future of cars — and found out more about what Apple’s planning.

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Apple plans to use free music samples to bring in subscribers

Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Beats redesign could be unveiled at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The days of free music streaming could be over if Apple gets its way, and its ready to make the transition smoother with Soundcloud-like free samples to go with its new streaming service.

Negotiations between Apple and music labels are still on-going for the new service that could launch as soon as WWDC, but according to a new report, Apple plans to offer listeners several ways to still play some music without paying for it.

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How Apple Watch could predict heart attacks in the future

Photo: Apple

Your Apple Watch could one day warn you of an upcoming heart attack. Photo: Apple

The Apple Watch heart rate monitor is far better than everyone thought, and that could theoretically lead to big medical breakthroughs — like the ability to predict heart attacks before they happen.

Developer Brad Larson dug into raw Apple Watch HealthKit heart rate data after a run and compared it to data from a heart rate monitor he had been wearing. The Apple Watch doesn’t have Food and Drug Administration approval as a medical device, but Larson discovered the wearable is nearly as accurate as an electrocardiogram.

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Never lose the remote again with DirecTV’s Apple Watch app

Photo: Direct TV

Photo: DirecTV

Losing the TV remote may soon become a thing of the past, now that it’s going to be permanently strapped to your wrist. DirecTV debuted its Apple Watch app this morning that gives customers the ability to control their DVRs from Apple Watch’s tiny display.

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Fitbit lists Apple Watch as risk to investors in IPO filing

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Fitbit is looking to make a splash on Wall Street by filing to go public. The company behind the Flex activity trackers announced it is looking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering later this year.

Fitbit sold 10.2 million devices last year, and is the first wearable technology company to go public. But now that Apple Watch is available to the public, Fibit is warning investors in its filing that it could potentially be “more competitive than our products and services.”

Full quote below:

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